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Bahia (pronounced [baˈi.a]) is one of the 26 states of Brazil, and is located in the northeastern part of the country on the Atlantic coast. It is the fourth most populous Brazilian state after São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, and the fifth-largest in size. It is also one of the most important states in terms of history and culture, in Brazil's, and it's only comparable to Pernambuco in Brazilian's Northeast Region. Bahia's capital is the city of Salvador, or more properly, São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, that is located at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of All Saints. The name is an archaic spelling of the Portuguese word meaning "bay" and comes from "a baía de Todos os Santos" (All Saints' Bay), first seen by European sailors on November 1, 1501, All Saints' Day.
Salvador's beaches have been an inspiration for writers and musicians. They provide chairs and umbrellas at kiosks selling a range of tempting food. Many beaches are lit up at night and boast bars and restaurants for the evening crowd.
Salvador has many plazas for loafing and strolling. The city also has a vast number of churches, many with elaborate decor financed years ago in wealthy Portuguese colonial times.
The super model Adriana Lima was born in Salvador.Ivete Sangalo (born May 27, 1972 in Juazeiro, Bahia) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Brazilian axé and MPB singer, songwriter, and occasional actress and television show host.
Daniela Mercuri de Almeida Póvoas (born on July 28, 1965 in Salvador, Bahia) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Brazilian axé, samba-reggae and MPB singer, songwriter and record producer. Since her breakthrough, Mercury has become one of the best known Brazilian female singers, selling over 8 million albums in her home country and almost 12 million albums worldwide. She is also the brazilian female performer with most #1 hits in the country, with 14.